*Smart & Diaz have been up & down versus last year's competition this season. They've defeated Zagorski & Guerreiro and lost to Soucisse & Firus depending upon the competition and performance. S&D's SB is up substantially from last season. It is not as high as Hurtado & Khaliavin's.
Yes, the rest of your post was apt in that I didn’t include the current lowest tier of the Gadbois teams, instead focusing on the middle and highest group. L/L didn’t used to belong in the lowest grouping but they joined the others with downright poor performances this season. S/F is just a shoulder shrug team with consistently being inconsistent in scoring.
On a related note in terms of S/D vs. H/K, I’ve been meaning to ask about your impression of H/K live. Was it obvious to you in the audience at Skate Canada that they were about to be slammed in the FD score as they finished the performance?